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NAS Evolution: The Insider Scoop

With NAS demand greater than ever, vendors are revamping their technology and strategies to overcome shortcomings, according to Byte and Switch Insider, this publication's paid subscription research service.

So what's lacking in the NAS world? Typical shortcomings include a lack of scaleability and integration with other kinds of storage gear. These have resulted in islands of storage when companies deploy multiple NAS devices, and poor performance in handling databases and other applications that contain very large files, concludes the report, NAS Update: Survival of the Fittest.

Striving to overcome these problems, a long list of storage vendors have either jumped into the NAS game or modified their strategy over the past year. The result is a more diversified look for NAS. The report looks at these latest developments, including an update of Microsoft Corp.'s influence during its first full year of NAS involvement.

The Insider outlines how NAS is evolving while established public companies and emerging startups react to trends such as:

  • Greater use of NAS gateways in front of SAN-attached storage.
  • More hybrid products that can perform the file I/O of NAS and the block I/O of SANs simultaneously.
  • Stronger uptake of low-end products, driven mainly by Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003.
  • Greater use of distributed file serving across multiple NAS devices.
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